Eight out of 10 people in Taiwan and Shanghai and nine out of 10 Hong Kong people have trouble getting to sleep, according to a survey yesterday. \nNinety-one percent of people surveyed in Hong Kong, which has been rocked by a prolonged economic downturn and the SARS crisis, said they had sleeping problems compared to 83 percent and 80 percent in Shanghai and Taiwan respectively. \nSixty-two percent of Hong Kongers said they did not get enough sleep compared to 52 percent in Shanghai and 46 percent in Taiwan, according to the survey by market research company ACNielsen. \nForty-two percent of Hong Kong people said they woke up in the middle of the night compared to 38 percent of people in Taiwan and 37 percent of people in Shanghai. \nFifty-four percent of Hong Kong people said it took them more than 15 minutes to fall asleep compared to 43 percent of people in Shanghai and 41 percent of people in Taiwan. \nResearchers say the findings are linked to Hong Kong's economic woes which have left people in the city worried about their jobs and the value of their property. \nJoblessness has risen to an all-time high of nearly 9 percent in Hong Kong and property prices have fallen 65 percent from their 1997 peak. \nAround 400 people from each territory were questioned for the survey, which was commissioned by UK health-care products chain Boots.
A DUAL SYSTEM: Under the proposed plan, farmers would also benefit from a subsidy for aging farmers, which would increase their monthly pension payments The Executive Yuan yesterday unveiled a bill for a proposed farmers’ pension fund, which, if passed by the Legislative Yuan, could raise farmers’ monthly pension payments to NT$26,000. The system would be based on the labor pension model, meaning that farmers and the government would allocate an equal amount of money into a dedicated fund every month, Department of Farmers’ Service Director-General Chen Chun-yen (陳俊言) told a news conference in Taipei. The proposal was born from President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) policy to better protect farmers and out of discussions at the National Agricultural Conference to improve the financial security of retired farmers,
FIX LOOPHOLE? The two pilots should have followed standard procedures to avoid contagion, Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai said China Airlines (CAL) must explain how two of its cargo plane pilots contracted COVID-19 when the airline has enforced disease-prevention measures designed to contain the pandemic, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday. The two pilots should have followed standard procedures to avoid contracting the coronavirus, Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee. “They needed to enter and exit the airport through a designated passageway and were not allowed to go out after arriving at their hotel,” Wang said. “They were supposed to
MUTUAL SERVICES: Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said that the cities might conduct a trial of mask dispenser machines and would not allow their borders hamper medical treatment Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) yesterday pledged at an annual meeting of the cities’ leaders to provide mutual medical services and further collaboration on COVID-19 prevention, denying that their prevention strategies are inconsistent, despite media reports. Disease prevention should be predicated on the “best preparations for worst-case scenarios,” and the New Taipei City Government has followed the All-out Defense Mobilization Readiness Act (全民防衛動員準備法) in taking precautions allowing it to act decisively if a city lockdown is ordered by the central government, Hou, a former police officer, said on Wednesday. Ko, a physician and
CONFUSION: NTHU was told by the Hsinchu Public Health Bureau to not delay disease prevention efforts, but the university’s case had not yet been announced by the CECC The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that it would set guidelines for other agencies about disclosing information concerning confirmed cases, after some schools expressed confusion regarding interagency communication. Academia Sinica, National Chengchi University and National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) have issued announcements to clarify their quarantine measures for confirmed cases. Asked if the center provides guidelines about information disclosure, Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥), the CECC’s spokesman, on Friday advised institutions to check with the CECC before revealing any information beyond what it has announced, citing its smooth collaboration with Academia Sinica as a good example. After